Norton AntiVirus 2014 is the latest from one of the oldest names in anti-virus software. With protection for one PC, it's the most affordable of Symantec's premium packages. OK, we know what you're thinking: Why should you buy an anti-virus program, let alone one with an annual subscription, when freeware that does most of what it does is...well, free? Our two-part answer: 1) You get what you pay for, even in software; and 2) What's your system worth? How about your time? Or peace of mind? AntiVirus 2014 comes with the 24/7 technical support … Read more
Remember the days when a company would tightly guard its operations lest competitors gain an advantage by divining its trade secrets?
Secrecy is alive and well, of course, but there are striking examples where the opposite practice makes sense. Exhibit A: Facebook's detailed disclosure Monday about how it runs its data centers, powers its Web site, and develops its mobile apps.
A 71-page report (PDF) goes into great detail about the company's approach -- everything from removing the plastic bezels from the fronts of its "vanity-free" servers to rejecting mobile app modifications that increase power consumption … Read more
Linux is growing -- that we knew. Now we know how fast.
In the last two years, the number of developers who collectively create Linux has increased from 1,131 with version 3.0 in July 2011 to 1,392 with version 3.10, released in June 2013, according to the Linux Foundation's latest annual Linux development report. Also on the rise: the lines of code in the project, the number of changes accepted into each new version, and the frequency at which those changes arrive.
"This rate of change continues to increase, as does the number of … Read more
Modeling products in three dimensions can be a time-consuming process. It's easy enough for humans to identify the presence of 3D objects in 2D scenes, but extracting these with algorithms is tricky. A new system developed by a team of researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel and Tel Aviv University aims to simplify the process by using a technique to pull out 3D shapes and objects from regular photos.
The system is simple enough to be used and understood by almost anyone. To start with, the user traces around the object, defining its three dimensions. Then the outline … Read more
With an update to Google+, Google has transformed online photo editing from a technology that's mostly ignorable to one that's genuinely useful.
Google has built its Snapseed photo-editing technology into Google+, and it adds an impressively wide range of sophisticated, customizable, easy-to-use adjustments to the service.
The company has been steadily improving Google+ photo tools in recent months, for example with the "auto awesome" features for enhancing photos and automatically constructing animations out of sequences of similar photos. But the newest photo editing changes, which Google+ photos product manager Josh Haftel announced Wednesday night, are a … Read more
What began as one person's programming project a year and a half ago has become a major new project for Opera Software as the Norwegian company debuted its new Coast browser for iPads on Monday.
Instead of looking like a traditional browser reworked for a mobile screen, Opera's Coast presents users with an interface that looks like what they're more likely to be familiar with in the mobile world, said Coast project leader Huib Kleinhout. Instead of an address bar, bookmarks, and tabs, people get a home screen with grid of icons representing Web pages, a search … Read more
With its comprehensive interface and functions, Express Invoice Free for Mac would be an asset to any small business owner. Its ability to create reports in addition to invoices gives it an extra level of help to users.
Express Invoice Free for Mac installs as part of a set of programs for businesses that the user can also add by checking boxes during setup. Once the main program begins, it walks the user through an initial setup where the user's business information, including name, address, and phone number, can be added. This allows the program to automatically fill in … Read more
One of the best computer upgrades you can buy today is a solid-state drive (SSD), which offers benefits like faster booting, lower power consumption, less heat, and so on.
But as with any storage upgrade, half the challenge lies in moving everything from old drive to new. Not many drives come with the software to aid in such a move.
Thankfully, there are third-party options, and for a very limited time, you can snag one gratis: Today only, BitsDuJour is offering Paragon Drive Copy 12 Compact (PC) for free. It normally sells for $29.95.
(Note that as of around … Read more
TiVo and Opera software announced a partnership in which the digital video recorder company will embed the Norwegian company's browser technology in its newest DVR, the Roamio.
Under the deal, announced on Thursday, TiVo will let programmers develop TV-oriented apps built on a Web technology foundation using Opera's software development kit. The apps themselves will run on Opera's browser engine in the DVR and will make it possible for cable network operators using the TiVo system to write apps that draw on a wide variety of Web content.
Early in 2014, TiVo will add Opera's TV … Read more
A new PC may not have the allure of a new car, but it's still one of life's little joys. Mostly likely it'll be faster, cleaner, and just generally more capable than your previous machine. What's not to love?
Oh, right, the hassle of moving all your stuff from the old system to the new one. Even for tech-savvy users, it's a painstaking and often error-filled process. If only there was a utility that could handle the job, a software-based moving company for your programs, files, and settings.
There is. For a limited time, you … Read more